Belmont over Arizona. The Wildcats sport the classic look of an underachiever with three losses in their past five games. They should have won the Pacific-12 Conference's regular-season title and tournament and won neither.
This could be the only bracket in which it wouldn't be shocking if the top two seeds lost in the second round. If Iowa State defeats Notre Dame it will give Ohio State fits if it's hitting 3-point shots. And the sentimental favorite, Gonzaga, will be challenged by either Pittsburgh or Wichita State. Although Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed, it has never been to a Final Four and this could be a mental obstacle.
Ohio State. There was a backlash Sunday against Gonzaga receiving the No. 1 seed, either because the Zags play in the West Coast Conference or that Miami deserved a top seed.
That sets up Ohio State in a perfect position. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference Tournament and the Big Ten is considered the best conference in the country. Forward Deshaun Thomas and guard Aaron Craft, the emotional leader of the team, provide the kind of inspirational play that often becomes even more important during the NCAA Tournament and is a likely All-American candidate next year.
Sleeper: Iowa State
Nobody envies the idea of facing the Cyclones, who lead the nation with 9.9 3-point shots made per game. Star guard Tyrus McGee shoots 46 percent on 3-pointers and freshman forward Georges Niang shoots 39 percent. Perhaps more daunting, four starters average in double-figure scoring. The Cyclones average 79.6 points, which makes them the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation.